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The Shawshank Redemption Critique

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Harkiran Bansal The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank redemption is a film about time, patience and loyalty. It was released in 1994 and was adapted from the book "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and was turned into this film which is directed by Frank Darabont. It begins with Andy Dufrense (played by Tim Robbins), a successful lawyer who finds him wife having an affair with another man, and is then accused of killing them both. Although he is innocent, in court he is accused as being guilty and gets two years life sentence in Shawshank prison. He finds life in prison very difficult and tough but as time goes on he builds friendships and also gains respect from others. One of the main characters in the film is Andy Dufrense. Tim Robbins was born in West Covina, California on the 16th of October 1958. He has appeared in many films including "Bull Durham" and "The Little Prince". Tim Robbins has also directed, written and produced many films such as "Dead Man Walking", which for he was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. He also won Best supporting actor for his work in the film "mystic river". Another main character is Red (played by Morgan Freeman) ...read more.


This plays a very important party in the film as it makes a big difference to Andy's and Red's lives. Although they both come from different backgrounds they end up becoming very strong friends and also share the same dream. Red supports Andy during his time in Shawshank and they also both have the dream of going to the beaches when they are released from Shawshank. As time goes on they also build trust in each other. Another main theme is hope. This is because Andy is innocent and he hopes that one day he will be free. In the end, he escapes this shows that anything is possible. The film has a very predictable yet incredible storyline. It also has many dramatic scenes that make the film good. One of these is when Brooks Hatlen commits suicide after being let out. This is very strange as usually being let out of prison is a happy experience and you are then excited and glad that you are no longer locked up and are being watched and you are now free. However in this case Brooks could not handle the freedom of being out in the world again as he was so used to the routine life he had in prison for so long. ...read more.


Another long shot is also used at the end of the film when he is on the beach. This long shot is used to show the ocean which also implies he is free. The music in the film changes as the film goes on. When Andy first arrives in Shawshank prison it 50's music and as time goes on it gets more modern. This is done to show that he was in there for a very long time. Although the film was of an excellent standard, it did have some flaws. One being that it was very predictable as from the beginning it was obvious that Andy was going to escape from Shawshank prison. Another being that some parts did not seem realistic, like no one noticing the tunnel Andy had made to escape. Also, that it was too long and occasionally drags on. Overall, "The Shawshank Redemption" is a wonderful film to watch. It of full of excitement and always leaves you wanting to know what going to happen next. It is a very emotional, powerful and inspiring film. It is one that you would definitely want to watch. This film makes you feel very involved and allows you to relate to their circumstances. It is definitely a film that deserves 10/10 and one you would want to watch over and over. ...read more.

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